California Could Benefit From Federal Funding for Organ Transplants
On Wednesday, President Bush signed a law that increased funding from $2 million to $7 million for the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, which helps coordinate the nations' transplant centers, 19 of which are in California, the Fresno Bee reports.
Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) cosponsored the bill.
The bill also will provide funds to California's four organ-procurement organizations, including the Sacramento-based Golden State Donor Services.Of the 18,800 Californians on a waiting list for organs, 3,030 received transplants last year and 1,366 died while waiting for organs (Doyle, Fresno Bee, 10/16). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.